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I have spent more than twenty years of my career helping human services and early education agencies all around the country with administration of childcare programs and everything related to it.

My customers are child advocates who have dedicated their lives to breaking the cycle of poverty in our country, and helping young children get out from under the yoke of economic oppression and sometimes misfortune. They are dedicated to the welfare and safe-keeping of young children, and they are passionate about it. Their work means everything to them.

I cannot imagine what it must feel like for them to be forced to be complicit with state-organized and state-created child abuse and human trafficking, because that is exactly what I think is going on in our country now.

These child advocates are now finding themselves in a position to have to search for care and safety for thousands of children who should be with their parents, but have been kidnapped by our government. This is a crisis entirely of our own making.

We have lost our moral authority.

The United States used to be John Winthrop’s Shining City upon a Hill, and we came after countries for human rights violations. Then it started to get shaky when Bush and Cheney started openly torturing people. McCain, a torture victim himself, spoke out against the practice. Once we tortured our prisoners, every American soldier, upon capture anywhere, would then have to fear to be tortured him or herself.

Now, with open racism, and state-enacted kidnapping, child abuse and human trafficking, taking children, even babies, away for their parents with no hope of reunification, we have lost all moral authority for decades to come.

It will be a very long time before the United States can lecture a rogue dictator for human rights violations. It will be a very long time before we can justify invading a country because it abuses its own citizens. We have given up this bargaining chip. It will be generations before our representatives, our presidents, can walk into a room again and command moral authority, and stand on the principle that the United States does the right thing.

I am disgusted with my government that commits crimes against humanity. I am disappointed with my fellow citizens who support these practices by propping up the Little Man in the White House.

Make America Great Again?

Right now, I am ashamed for my country!

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The tweet by Trump above is an abomination.

Democrats don’t want illegal immigrants. Nobody wants illegal immigrants. Over the last 20 years, every Congress under every president tried to enact immigration reform, and none of them succeeded, due to political differences. This is not a “Democrat” problem.

Democrats, as everyone else, care about crime.

Democrats do not want more illegal immigrants because they are potential voters. This is utter drivel.

Insane, inane and atrocious nonsense coming out of the mouth of the president of the United States is an insult to every law-abiding, decent American.

Likening illegal immigrants to vermin (since only vermin “infests” something) is a racist insult to all human beings. Vilifying immigrants as the “problem” in our country is pure propaganda.

Trump and his ilk have created a divisive issue and problem where one doesn’t exist. Our country has a lot of problems, and illegal immigration is one of its problems, but it’s by far not its biggest problem. The idiotic border wall makes no sense. Separating children from parents makes no sense. Neither solves the immigration problem. Proper legislation and proper enforcement of that legislation solves the problem.

But the Trump administration is making it sound like this is the big problem of our time. They talk like Democrats want open borders. Nobody wants open borders. But saying it often enough and loud enough makes it sound like it is true and real.

They are pegging those who care about the child abuse occurring on our borders now as enemies of the country by wanting open borders against those who want to “enforce the laws.”

The whole argument is ridiculous, and it is meant to desensitize us.

I can’t help it now, I have to invoke Godwin’s Law again.

During the night of November 9, 1938, Hitler’s thugs, all over the country, raided Jewish businesses by breaking their windows and looting their stores. The night was called Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass, due to the shards of broken glass that lined the streets the next morning. They then blamed the opposition.

Jews were soon and openly treated as vermin who infested the German society. They used the same word that our United States president used in his tweet this morning: Infest.

Once a significant percentage of the population is supporting brutal policies simply by being quiet when they are carried out, the enactors and enablers become bolder and more brazen.

Today we are tearing babies away from their parents without any plan of reuniting them later. How is a deported mother ever going to find her infant child again, weeks or months after separation? Today we’re putting babies in cages. Tomorrow we’re letting them die. After all, they are the offspring of vermin, right?

And all this is being done in front of the watchful eye of the American public, and we’re letting it happen, and the Republicans in Congress are letting it happen.

I am starting to think of Republicans as repugnant.

To me, it looks like we have organized crime running the White House, enriching themselves at the expense of the country, systematically de-sensitizing us to brutality, first against the vermin crossing our borders, later against “Democrats” who “want open borders,” and then, in the end, they’ll come after people like me who do not agree with those tactics and politics, who speak their minds in public.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.

— Martin Niemöller, a Nazi dissident

As you can see in Trump’s tweet, he has been coming after the immigrants ever since he started his campaign. And he has got a significant portion of our population convinced that immigration is our problem. He has emboldened white supremacists.

He is now gradually setting up to come after Democrats, whatever that is. He is actually blaming the family separation activity on Democrats, and his supporters are eating it up. Watch it, soon we’ll start seeing atrocities committed against Democrats.

And then, they’ll come after the media and free speech.

It has worked before, all over the world.

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“Hey, he is the head of a country and I mean he is the strong head,” Mr. Trump told Fox News’ Steve Doocy on the White House lawn Friday. “Don’t let anyone think anything different. He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.”

— President Donald Trump

It is obvious that our president is impressed with dictators. I wonder who he thinks “my people” are. I hope the doesn’t think I am “his people.”

It is simple, Mr. President: All you have to do is arrest and execute a few of “your people” when they don’t sit up at attention when you speak, and you’ll quickly see changes.

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Trump has tweeted about the witch hunt going on.

Today Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort has been jailed following new charges of witness tampering. He’ll be held without bail until trial.

Trump has complained that due to the witch hunt many “lives have been destroyed.” Really? The lives of criminals like Manafort who consistently enriched themselves by money laundering, making false statements, filing fraudulent documents, bank fraud, and the list goes on?

It may well be that if Trump had never run for president, Manafort would be happily engaging in all those activities now.

It may also well be that if Trump had never run for president, his fixer Cohen would still be out there practicing law, threatening journalists, and palling around with Russian mobsters.

It may well be that dozens of indictments would not have happened, hadn’t it been for Trump running for president.

At the end of the day, those indictments, that will eventually turn most of the recipients into felons, were valid and justified. We have smoked out an empire of what looks like organized crime activity at the cost of the American public. Trump filed bankruptcy every time the criminal deeds of his fixers and followers were not enough to bail him out. Then the public got to pay.

So Trump wants us to believe these people are innocent. There were no crimes.

I say that these people now wish they had never engaged in business with Trump. Everything he touches eventually crumbles, recently more publicly than before. Everybody that works closely with Trump is getting disgraced at best, and cast off by Trump more often than not.

Let’s just hope our country and democracy are stronger than some of his businesses.

Some witch hunt!

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Trump and Crimea

Trump Told World Leaders Crimea Is Russian Because Everyone There Speaks Russian.

Maybe that means that the United States and Canada, except for Quebec, should belong to England, since we all speak English!

Yeah! Go Trump!

 

 

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Back during the campaign days in the summer of 2016, Trump accused Clinton of being crooked because the FBI was investigating her use of email, in particular as it related to classified information being stored on a private server. Trump then said Clinton was not eligible to be president because she was under investigation.

Now Trump found out that the FBI, approximately at the same time, was investigating people in his own campaign for what appeared to be improper connections with a foreign adversary. For that he calls the FBI crooked. In tweets he blames the FBI and Obama for not coming to him and letting him know.

Really?

First, should the FBI, an agency charged with protecting the American people from criminal activity really go to every suspect and warn him that he might be under investigation? At the time, Trump was one of many candidates. He just had some bad apples in his campaign, many of which have meanwhile plead guilty. There was smoke, and now we have proof that there was fire.

Second, what’s the bigger potential crime? Being careless with classified email or purposely colluding with a foreign adversary to subvert the American election system? Regardless of the size of the crime, the FBI did its job properly, investigating both leads.

Third, the FBI, charged with protecting the American people, did exactly what its mission is: to investigate suspicious activity. Trump’s people, his children, his employees, and possibly himself, conducted what now looks like illegal activity. Rather than dealing with the cause of why the FBI was checking into his campaign at the time, he distracts us and points to the FBI as being crooked and conducting illegal activity.

I only see deliberate deception by Trump.

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Psalms 109 / 8 – 13

 

 

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Oh, yes, the cost is the problem. Need to save money.

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So the White Trash in the White House stated today that Iran’s Military Budget is up more than 40%.

I would get it if he made things up that we can’t disprove, but about 5 seconds of googling and there is the truth and the lie exposed. Does he not know we can read?

The fact is, Iran’s military budget has gone from $12B in 2016 to $14B in 2017 (source). So Trita Parsi’s chart above is also somewhat misleading, but it does compare Iran to Saudi Arabia, for contrast.

Did you know that in 2014 (the last data I could find), the Iranian cabinet had more members with Ph.D. degrees from U.S. universities than Barack Obama’s cabinet? In fact, Iran had more holders of American Ph.D.s in its presidential cabinet than France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and Spain—combined.

Here is more information and links.

Should this make us think again about Iran?

But more importantly, it should make us think about Trump – who seems to just make stuff up.

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Effect of Trump Tax Returns

Trump killed the publishing of tax returns by presidential (and other) candidates. I predict that no candidate will ever again publish his or her tax return.

I certainly would not, were I to run for office.

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I saw this coming when I read Fire and Fury last month. Here is my full review, and here is the relevant excerpt:

Here is an excerpt, an email written by Gary Cohn, who is serving as the Director of the National Economic Council and chief economic advisor to Trump. He was formerly the president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs from 2006 to 2017:  

It’s worse than you can imagine. An idiot surrounded by clowns. Trump won’t read anything—not one-page memos, not the brief policy papers; nothing. He gets up halfway through meetings with world leaders because he is bored. And his staff is no better. Kushner is an entitled baby who knows nothing. Bannon is an arrogant prick who thinks he’s smarter than he is. Trump is less a person than a collection of terrible traits. No one will survive the first year but his family. I hate the work, but feel I need to stay because I’m the only person there with a clue what he’s doing. The reason so few jobs have been filled is that they only accept people who pass ridiculous purity tests, even for midlevel policy-making jobs where the people will never see the light of day. I am in a constant state of shock and horror.

— Wolff, Michael. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (p. 186). Henry Holt and Co.. Kindle Edition.

Gary Cohn himself, the only person there with a clue of what he is doing, is now leaving.

Who will turn the lights out when it all ends?

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The solution is really simple:

 

Arm Melania

 

 

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Trump and Russian Interference

Looks like the president is scared. Why would he even put a spotlight on this?

Nobody ever said or suspected that Russian interference was either invented by Trump or created for Trump. Of course those plans and activities were in place before. But that does not in any way preclude the possibility that once Trump started running, he didn’t think it would be helpful for him to leverage those activities for himself.

Trump pointing this out makes him look guilty.

Sounds to me like a defensive tweet of a nervous mind.

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